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Happy Birthday Marilynne Robinson!

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Marilynne Robinson read from her most recent novel, Home, at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (a day late) to Housekeeping author Marilynne Robinson! Today I'm pondering this quote from Robinson's second novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead. I like this quote because I think it eloquently captures one of the recurring themes of Robinson's writing.

"I'm not saying never doubt or question. The Lord gave you a mind so that you would make honest use of it. I'm saying you must be sure that the doubts and questions are your own, not, so to speak, the mustache and walking stick that happen to be the fashion of any particular moment." -- Reverend John Ames in Gilead.

Learn more about Marilynne Robinson on her author's page on The Big Read website.



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